• Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
  • Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
  • Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz
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Chrysocolla ps. after Malachite ps. after Azurite with Quartz

$6,500.00   €5,545  £4,720.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC20837
Pseudomorphs of intense sky-blue Chrysocolla replacing Malachite after Azurite and coated in Quartz form an extraordinary spectacular and aesthetic specimen from the magnificent recent find in the Tenke-Fungurume area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Central Africa.  At least 24 former Azurite crystals, now pseudomorphed to Chrysocolla, form a radiating hedgehog-like specimen of spiky crystals coated with drusy lustrous Quartz, covering a 6.5 x 5 cm matrix.  The tabular Chrysocolla crystals taper to form either Gothic-style arches or more gently rounded terminations, all of which are entirely coated with sparkling micro-Quartz crystals with a bright glassy lustre.  The Chrysocolla is a stunning sky-blue, enhanced by the Quartz coating and in small patches the Quartz adopts a slight greyish-lemon tinge.  The largest pseudomorphs stand vertically and measure 3.5 cm tall.  The surrounding, more radial crystals average 1 to 2 cm long.  The underside of the base reveals a matrix of two halves: one side being a pinkish-tan porous Dolostone and the opposite side a rich mix of leaf-green earthy Malachite and deep turquoise-blue Chrysocolla.  The Tenke-Fungurume area delineates a 30 km copper-cobalt mineralised zone between Tenke hill in the NW and Fungurume hill in the SE of the Kolwezi mining district.  The region holds large ore reserves and to date a suite of 31 minerals have been recorded, including some exceedingly rare copper species.  This is an impressive and remarkable pseudomorph from the Kolwezi mining district of the DRC.

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Dimensions
5.7 × 8.3 × 5.0 cm
Categories
Carbonates, Pseudomorphs, Quartz and Agate, Silicates
Locality
Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi mining district, Lualaba, DR Congo, Africa

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Chrysocolla, Malachite, Quartz

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